Southern Wonders Rail & Sail (departing Sydney)
Travel by land and sea over 10 nights / 11 days on the XPT, the luxurious Sapphire Princess and iconic Indian Pacific, between three capital cities. Enjoy free time to explore multicultural Melbourne and picturesque Adelaide, including a full day tour to the famous McLaren Vale wine region, and port calls to the seaside city of Port Lincoln and wildlife wonder of Kangaroo Island.
- First Class Seat on the XPT, Sydney to Melbourne
- 3 nights accommodation in Melbourne at Quality Hotel Batman's Hill or similar
- Half day Melbourne Laneways, Arcades & City tour, including Yarra River Cruise
- 4 night cruise on the Sapphire Princess (inside cabin) from Melbourne to Adelaide, with port stops in Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island (incl taxes, meals and onboard activities)
- 2 nights accommodation in Adelaide at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar
- Fully day McLaren Vale & The Cube Experience
- Gold Service on the Indian Pacific, Adelaide to Sydney (incl meals, beverages and off train excursions in Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains)
- Meals as stated - 5 x breakfast (B) / 3 x lunch (L) / 5 x dinner (D)
Sunday 12 December 2021 - Sydney to Melbourne
Your Southern Wonders journey this morning starts when you depart Sydney on the XPT and travel first class to the multicultural city of Melbourne. Travel through the diverse New South Wales countryside before you arrive early evening at Southern Cross Station. Make your way to your hotel, and get ready to explore the famous laneways and arcades of Melbourne tomorrow.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill or similar, 3 nights
Monday 13 December - Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Tour
This morning you'll join a guided walking tour and learn about Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades. Explore the historic Royal and Block Arcades, and check out the lively cafes and bars of Degraves Street and Flinders Lane. View the vibrant and unique street art in Hosier Lane before boarding your coach for a tour past iconic landmarks such as the Queen Victoria Markets, St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Tuesday 14 December - Free day in Melbourne
Today is a free day to explore more of the sights of Melbourne at your leisure. Join one of the many day tours taking you to Phillip Island to see the evening Penguin Parade, or explore the picturesque Great Ocean Road and have your photo taken in front of the Twelve Apostles.
Alternatively, jump on a tram and head to St Kilda, the beautiful seaside suburb famous for its palm-lined boardwalk, historic buildings, great restaurants, bars and cafes.
Wednesday 15 December - Depart Melbourne (D)
This afternoon make your way to Station Pier in Port Melbourne to board the luxurious Sapphire Princess, for your 4-night cruise leg of the journey. Take your time to settle into your inside cabin before meeting some of your fellow travellers while enjoying a sumptuous dinner together.
Overnight: Sapphire Princess, 4 nights.
Thursday 16 December - Day at Sea (B, L, D)
Spend the day enjoying the vast dining and entertainment options on the Sapphire Princess. With state of the art facilities, the ship itself is a destination! With original musical productions, dazzling magic shows, feature films and top comedians, there is always something happening to keep you entertained.
If you're after some relaxation or rejuvenation, visit the exclusive adults-only 'Sanctuary' or book a treatment at the Lotus Spa.
Friday 17 December - Port Lincoln (B, D)
This morning disembark in the pretty seaside town of Port Lincoln, South Australia. Claimed to be the seafood capital of Australia, the waters around the town are famous for southern bluefin tuna and sardines. Join one of the offshore tours and visit the Lincoln National Park, see the scenic coastline and finish the day with wine tasting at Boston Bay. There are also tours that offer oyster and seafood tastings, with a visit to the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm just a short drive from Port Lincoln.
Saturday 18 December - Kangaroo Island (B, D)
Today you will arrive at Kangaroo Island for a full day exploring. Jump on one of the many coach tours and head to Flinders Chase National Park to see the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.
If you're keen to see the local wildlife, join a guided beach walk amongst a colony of wild Australian sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park.
Return to the ship late this afternoon, and enjoy dinner as your cruise takes you towards Adelaide.
Sunday 19 December - Arrive Adelaide (B)
Early this morning the Sapphire Princess will dock at Port Adelaide, where you will disembark and make your way to your accommodation before checking out the City of Adelaide.
While you're waiting to check-in to your room, leave your luggage at the hotel and head out to explore this beautiful city’s wide, leafy streets, numerous parks and gardens, boutique shops, laneway bars, hip restaurants and museums.
Overnight: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel or similar, 2 nights
Monday 20 December - McLaren Vale & The Cube Experience (L)
Discover some of the best food and wine McLaren Vale has to offer, including a visit to the spectacular d’Arenberg Cube.
From wine tastings to gin or beer tastings, and with plenty of free time to explore the galleries and shops in the main street, you are sure to find something that tempts the tastebuds on this full-day trip to the region.
Tuesday 21 December - Adelaide to Sydney (L, D)
This morning make your way to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal to board the iconic Indian Pacific. Settle into your Gold Service cabin, and enjoy the meals, beverages and facilities available to you.
On arrival into Broken Hill, choose from a selection of off-train experiences, including the magnificent Drag Queens performing at the Palace Hotel, made famous in the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Or if local art is more your thing, you may like to visit Broken Hill's Regional Art Gallery or see the much loved 'Big Picture', housed in the Silver City Mint and Art Centre.
Overnight: Indian Pacific
Wednesday 22 December - Arrive Sydney (B)
This morning enjoy an off-train excursion in the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains, where you can take the scenic Prince Henry Cliff Walk, the perfect location to see the spectacular Jamison Valley and iconic Three Sisters. A light lunch at The Lookout Restaurant is included, before continuing your rail journey to Central Station. Alternatively, you may prefer to travel straight through to Sydney.
Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on Inside Twin Cabin and include port fees and taxes. Upgrades to Outside and Balcony Cabins may be possible, subject to availability – please ask for pricing and details. Single Supplement starts at $3950pp. All components are subject to availability and may change at any time. Price does not include gratuities. A non-refundable deposit of $1000pp is required when booking and the balance is due 70 days prior to departure. Any amendments will incur an additional cost, and strict cancellation fees apply – travel insurance is highly recommended for an additional cost.